HOLIDAYMAKERS have been warned to stay vigilant amid a surge in horror needle spiking cases in Spanish nightclubs.
Brit cops have been called in to help tackle the worrying trend after a string of women reported similar incidents across the UK last year.
Cops in Catalonia are currently investigating at least five claims from clubbers who allege they have been pin-pricked on nights out.
The disturbing incidents are reported to have taken place at several tourist hotspots in the region.
A number of revellers have claimed to have been jabbed with an unknown substance which later made them feel drowsy.
Barcelona-based musician DJ Neska revealed she and a pal had been victims of the supposed spiking epidemic while partying in the capital.
She warned women: “Girls, last night my friend and I were jabbed in a club in Barcelona.
“I was jabbed in the arm and my friend in the leg. We went to the bar to seek help when we felt the needle go in.”
Regional police were reportedly trying to contact her to see if she wishes to make a formal complaint.
DJ Neska’s concerning allegations come as investigators probe the claims of five other clubgoers.
One of the cases is understood to concern a woman who claims to have been spiked with a needle in the holiday resort of Lloret de Mar.
She is said to have been on a night out in St Trop when she felt a sharp object puncture her arm, before falling asleep a short time later.
Cops in Catalonia confirmed they were probing five cases and were liaising with police in the UK and France through Interpol to “share information.”
The force’s spokeswoman Monserrat Escude said it was vital for any potential victims to go to hospital and find out if they have been injected with a drug.
She said officers were still awaiting the test results of the five alleged victims, admitting the spiking claims were causing “worry and concern” among revellers.
It comes after the UK was rocked by an unsettling number of alleged spiking incidents.
Police forces across the country recorded at least 2,436 cases between 2017 and 2021 – with 839 of them from in the last year alone.
Earlier this month, it emerged first-year university students in the UK would be warned about the risk of needle spiking in nightclubs through a new government ad campaign.
The Home Office said it was looking into launching the campaign at the start of the new academic year in September.
The number of students reporting being spiked with needles surged around the same time last year, as freshers week began.
Joaquim Boadas, a lawyer and general secretary of the Catalan Federation of Restaurants and Nightlife called FECASARM, told Spanish newspaper El Pais that cases of needle spiking in nightclubs were “exceptional and isolated”.
He added: “There’s not a wave of incidents and we’re not talking about something which is a generalised practice, far from it.”
A number of needle spiking incidents have also been reported in nightclubs in France and Belgium.
A man and woman made two separate allegations of being jabbed in Ibiza last week and attended Can Misses Hospital. Both came back negative for drugs.
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